It’s been a while!!
Here are the results of my first 2 attempts at making a vinegar crock. I was trying to create a 1 gallon vinegar crock for a friend not having a specific dimension example, I just started with a 2lb, then 3lb trying to get the right size. As you’ll hear they didn’t make it to the next step, but I learned a lot in the process, just thought I’d share 🙂
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If you happen to be in the Modesto, CA area on the evening of April 19th please visit me at The Chartreuse Muse Art Gallery for the 365 Days of Clay Cups art show and reception. For More Details: http://thechartreusemuse.com/?page_id=14
3 thoughts on “Throwing a Wine/Vinegar Crock – 1st attempts – A Hobby Potter Journey”
Hi Tammy Jo,
I have been following your blog for a while now and have just started out on my own pottery journey a few months ago. I love your enthusiasm and find great inspiration in your journey. I am having a hard time believeing in my abilities (as I have just started out)and was wondering at what point in your ceramic journey did you start calling yourself a ceramic artist? Once you realized that you ARE an artist did you find any changes in your thoughts towards your work? Thanks so much for the advice!
Thank you so much for the thought provoking question! It's interesting that you would ask this because I’ve pondered it often (and even recently with the gallery talk coming up soon). What constitutes an artist? I had to look up the definition.
1. a person who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria.
2. : showing imaginative skill in arrangement or execution
A subjective vague definition.. great..lol! Aesthetic is dealing the beauty or composition of something including its overall ability to be appealing (also opinion based).
After working on the project I've realized a lot about how much "opinion" is involved in art. With clay, once you can create using the basic laws of form and function, a whole world open's up to the many possibilities on how to enhance it to your personal aesthetic! I had people get upset because I didn't pull handles on my cups when I so much more enjoy hand building them…it's just MY personal preference and neither of us is wrong in our judgment…it’s just our opinion 😉
It seems the most important question to ask would be…"Is this appealing to me?" I had to get okay with the fact that some people will like my art and some people won’t. Of the 365 Day cups there were more than a few I really didn't like, but people are choosing these exact cups as the perfect cup for them (go figure..lol).
When was I first called an artist? …it was when the gallery told me that's what I was..LOL! Have I realized that I'm an artist? Hmmm…I love clay and my ultimate goal is to create something functional, pleasing and beautiful. If I go by that definition then, I'd say “Yes, I’m an artist”.
You are an artist! Take Care and happy potting!!!
Have you made more vinegar crocks? I'm interested in one.